By now it appears that just about everyone from Independence Day is returning for the sequel – except Will Smith. Taking his place as the action star lead will be Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games), but he’ll also be joined by another franchise newcomer, Jessie Usher (Level Up, Survivor’s Remorse) as an older version of Smith’s character’s son, Dylan.

Other new additions to Independence Days 2‘s cast are Charlotte Gainsbourg, Travis Tope and Joey King. Of the original’s alumni, so far only Jeff Goldblum, Vivica A. Fox, and Brent Spiner have been confirmed. And of course, director Roland Emmerich has returned to oversee the whole project, giving this sequel a bit of an edge over other upcoming reboots.

Continuing with the theme of Independence Day 2: Everyone BUT Will Smith, Emmerich took to Twitter today to confirm two more returning stars – Bill Pullman and Judd Hirsch. Pullman has been an all-but-confirmed addition for some time, but news that Hirsch is also returning will surely please fans.

Here are Emmerich’s tweets confirming both Pullman and Hirsch’s casting:

From the little we know of Independence Day 2‘s premise it would be quite unlikely for Pullman to still be president. Then again, after you lead the world in thwarting an alien invasion, perhaps term limits simply don’t apply anymore.

As for Hirsch’s character, with Goldblum also confirmed it’s obvious this father/son duo will be back together again, at the very least for a scene or two. The sequel takes places some 20 years later and Hirsch is now 80 years old, so it’s doubtful his role will be as large as it was in the original. But still, bringing him back for even just a handful of wisecracks and a keen observation or two is welcomed news.

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Emmerich has been toiling away on the script with long-time collaborator Dean Devlin, White House Down‘s James Vanderbilt and Carter Blanchard, a lesser-known screenwriter who’s been working on an adaptation of Mark Millar’s Kindergarten Heroes for Fox as (as well as a script for Warner Bros’ Spyhunter). Production is set to begin next month, shooting for a 20th anniversary release date in 2016.

For as cautiously optimistic as fans should remain about a sequel to a blockbuster smash hit almost two decades old – the more and more we learn about Independence Day 2, the better it sounds. What are your thoughts about this sequel to Independence Day? Drop us a line in the comments below!

Independence Day 2 is expected in U.S. theaters on June 24th, 2016.

Source: Roland Emmerich

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